Zoo de Lagos is a very small privatly owned zoo that opened in 2000 near Lagos in Portugal. Located in the village of Barão de São João the zoo was born from a farm that was frequented by school classes to meet with animals.
The zoo shows about 350 species, the largest part of which represent mammals and birds, especially several species of hornbills. In addition, the zoo shows turtles, dwarf crocodiles and cobras. The largest areas occupy a farm and a lake with artificial monkey islands, where the lake is also an island with coati bears. The nightlife-only Lyle fruit bats facility is the only part of the zoo that is open by the hour.
Whilst some of the enclosures could do be larger and without wire, most spaces were well maintained and the birds and animals all look well cared for.
Recently the park has added a “beach” home for a pinguin show but unfortunatly was closed during winter. There is also a cafè and restaurant, both providing snacks and freshly prepared meals at reasonable prices.